Big Daddy has arrived
Meet the World's Largest Crab!
Blackpool has a new 'Big Daddy' & like his wrestling namesake…he's already made a big splash!
Big Daddy is the name Blackpool Sea Life Centre has given to a real deep-sea giant. Though a crab rather than a ‘Crabtree’…the 9 foot claw-span of the giant Japanese Spider Crab makes him easily Britain’s biggest crab.
He is to join a smaller female Japanese spider crab and Sea Life staff hope he will soon become a ‘daddy’ for real. The female has produced eggs once already, and next time they hope Big Daddy will add his own special brand of giant crab fertiliser!
Video of Big Daddy
Watch a video of Big Daddy in his new surroundings below and why not come and see him for real?
SEA LIFE’s colossal crustacean was destined for a Japanese fish market until a reprieve was negotiated and he was flown to the UK instead. He has spent a couple of months in quarantine in Dorset but is now ready to step – sideways of course – into the public arena. Found in deep waters off the Japanese island of Honshu, the world’s biggest crabs feed mainly on smaller crustaceans and dead fish, and are reputed to live up to 100 years. Sadly, collection for food has seen numbers diminish and forced those still surviving into icy waters – almost 2,000 feet deep - where they are less easily captured.
Our SEA LIFE marine experts have drained and re-plumbed one of the larger tropical tanks to keep its 20,000 litres of seawater super chilled instead of heated.